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Tour Code :
C1754
City / Province :
Shanxi
Best tour month :
Four seasons
Type :
Historic sites
Built in :
782.A.D

      Pingyao is a county in central Shanxi province, People's Republic of China. It lies about 715 kilometres (444 mi) from Beijing and 80 kilometres (50 mi) from the provincial capital, Taiyuan. During the Qing Dynasty, Pingyao was a financial center of China. Its history dates back 2,700 years, and is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the known world. It is still inhabited by 50,000 residents and is renowned for its well-preserved ancient city wall, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Ping Yao Ancient City

      Historical importance
      Pingyao still retains its city layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, conforming to a typical bagua pattern. More than 300 sites in or near the city have ancient ruins. Preserved Ming- and Qing-style residences number close to 4,000. The streets and storefronts still largely retain their historical appearance.In the Spring and Autumn Period, the county belonged to the kingdom of Jin. It was part of the kingdom of Zhao in the Warring States Period. During the Han Dynasty, it was known as Zhongdu county. In 1986, the People's Republic of China designated Pingyao as one of the Chinese Historic and Cultural Cities. It became a World Heritage Site in 1997, including the outlying Zhenguo Temple and Shuanglin Temple.
      City walls
      The city walls of Pingyao were constructed in the 3rd year of the Hongwu Emperor (1370). The walls have six barbican gates. The north and south sides have one gate each. The east and west sides have two gates each. This pattern is similar to that of a turtle (the head, tail and four legs), earning Pingyao the moniker "Turtle City." The walls measure about 12 meters high, with a perimeter of 6,000 meters. A 4-meter wide, 4-meter deep moat can be found just outside the walls. Aside from the four structured towers at the four corners, there are also 72 watchtowers and more than 3,000 battlements. In 2004, part of the southern walls collapsed but were reconstructed. However, the rest of the city walls are still largely intact and are considered among the best-preserved ancient city walls on this scale. This makes the city walls the centerpiece of the Heritage Site.

    Ping Yao Ancient City  

          Finance
      Pingyao was the financial center of China in the late Qing Dynasty. During those times, there were as many as 20 financial institutions within the city, comprising more than half of total in the whole country. Among these is "Rishengchang," considered the first bank in China. Rishengchang controlled almost 50% silver trade when its scale reached the top in the whole Qing Dynasty. It continued to maintain its prosperity until going bankrupt in 1914 because lots of the modern banks were built up. The 2009 film Empire of Silver depicted the tribulations of a Shanxi bank-owning family that lived in Pingyao during the early 20th century.

  • 10 Days Beijing,Xian, Shanxi all-inclusiveTour in high-speed train

    10 Days Beijing,Xian, Shanxi all-inclusiveTour in high-speed train

      History has gone with the wind but it left its traces all around these ancient hubs and you stand a chance to see it through the lanes,buildings,antique figures to find the past glories and immerse into the Culture that breeds up the Chinese people.This whole tour offers ancient culture and modern miracles in three important northern cities (Beijing, Xian and Shanxi) including top attractions: Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City,Mutianyu Great Wall,Shaanxi History Museum,Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and Pingyao ancient city among other highlights. Taking the high-speed train from Beijing to Xian and from Xian to Taiyuan will refresh your mind and gain you new insight on China. During the whole trip you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide, an experienced driver which bring you the most convenience.

    Price : from USD 1087

  • 8 Days Beijing,Xian and Shanxi Classic Tour

    8 Days Beijing,Xian and Shanxi Classic Tour

      This 8 days tour of Beijng, Xian and Shanxi offers you the opportunity to tour the most important landmarks in the north of China. Visit the real life and culture in north part starting from UNESCO world heritage sites and other famous national relics including the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, among other Beijing highlights,in Xian and Shanxi cover must see sights all under a package that includes a Private tour guide, Driver, entrance ticket fees, meals, and the flight tickets to Xian and Shanxi.

    Price : from USD 1100

  • 2 Day private Datong tour including Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery, Nine Dragon Screen, Hanging Monastery, Yingxian Wooden Tower.

    2 Day private Datong tour including Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery, Nine Dragon Screen, Hanging Monastery, Yingxian Wooden Tower.

    No one leaves datong un wowed about the interesting destinations awaiting you to experience. Come on and join us, Datong must be worthy of a stop for your china tour itinerary! In this two-day private tour, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Yungang Grottoes, discover peaceful Huayan Monastery, admire the largest Nine Dragon Screen in China, adventure to the miraculous Hanging Monastery built along the cliff, marvel at Yingxian Wooden Tower. Tour includes all entrance fees, tour guide, lunch, and hotel transfer.

    Price : from USD 151

  • One-day private Datong Tour including Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple

    One-day private Datong Tour including Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple

    Shanxi; a cradle of ancient Chinese civilization, and a special representative of central plains’ culture endowed with an abundance of cultural sites and historical remains, it has many evidences to show its splendours and greatness. Make a stop at the imposing Yungang Grottoes with over 1500 years’ history and been taken into a splendid Buddhist World and marvel at Hanging Temple ,its 40 perilous halls and pavilions lean straight over the Canyon

    Price : from USD 93

  • 2-day private tour to Pingyao Old Town with Qiao Family Mansion and Shuanglin Temple

    2-day private tour to Pingyao Old Town with Qiao Family Mansion and Shuanglin Temple

    In Pingyao Ancient Town, discover the first and largest draft bank of China--Rishengchang Draft Bank, Ancient City Wall and experience the prosperity of Ming Qing Street in Pingyao Ancient Town. Pay a visit to the grand folk house Qiao Family Mansion to admire the typically traditional houses complex. Proceed to Shuanglin Temple and enjoy its peace and tranquility.

    Price : from USD 152

  • Three-day private tour: Best of sightseeing in Shanxi

    Three-day private tour: Best of sightseeing in Shanxi

      From Datong to Pingyao Ancient City, you will trace back to discover ancient architectural wonders and learn about the history, also admire the brilliant Buddhist culture and art in Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple. Wandering from the Ancient City of Pingyao & Wang's fanmily Compound to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere there and learn more about the history and culture of North China.

    Price : from USD 274

  • Five days Essence Tour to Datong   Mt Wutai  and Taiyuan

    Five days Essence Tour to Datong Mt Wutai and Taiyuan

    Shanxi is a rare paradise for cultural fanatics where they can get acquainted with lots of Buddha temples, grottoes, pagodas and villas of ancient commercial tycoons, receiving hundreds and hundreds of overseas Buddhists and architectural buffs every year. Explore some cultural relics including Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery, Shanhua Monastery, Nine Dragon Screen, Suspending Temple, Wooden Pagoda ,Mt Wutai . Jinci Temple and Qiao Family Compound. The whole package includes a private driver, tour guide, entrance tickets, meals and hotel pick up and drop off.

    Price : from USD 242

  • One day private tour to Datong including Yungang Grottoes and Huayan Monastery

    One day private tour to Datong including Yungang Grottoes and Huayan Monastery

    The most charming features of China are not only visible on the magnificent structures but also on the fabulous culture which you can fully experience on this tour as you visit the prosperous ancient city of millionaires in Pingyao with spectacular immemorial Buddhist sites, feast your eyes on the splendid historic and cultural sites in Datong, The tour offers an overview and orientation of the city, free hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees and a private tour guide and driver.

    Price : from USD 101

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